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After his parents are murdered by itinerant criminal Angel, young Paolo and the killer haltingly discover their capacity for love and forgiveness. The two tempt an unavoidable fate when they accept a stranger into their lives and then venture beyond their bleak homestead on the southern tip of Chile.
This sweeping novel tells about a young refugee as he searches for identity, safe haven and truth, from the war-torn Caucasus to the freedom of France, over five arduous years. Both people and places are rendered fully with telling detail. Love and hope run deep through this layered examination of the human spirit.
- Mildred L. Batchelder Award 2011 (Medal Winner)
- ISBN: 9780385739221